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Tortoise back on the trail… 🐢

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GranspeedGraduate

A new care system for OH after a scary hospital visit has settled down, and I am using the time to get back on the C2-5K trail at last. W3R2 this morning, so I am far enough along to think it may work, fingers crossed. So good to be moving again at my tortoise pace. Yes, OldFloss, slow and steady it is!

A late summer start is so different from my deep winter experience nearly 3 years ago. Much less mud 👏🏼 but on the other hand, a hard, rutted track right where Laura sent me off for my 3 minutes. 😄 And I am conscious of the extra 3 years on the legs - Injury Prevention is high on my list. Yes indeed I have reread that FAQ post!

Onwards. Hurray. 😊🐢🎉

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PeggySusiGraduate

Fabulous.. take care and good luck.. and enjoy..😊

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GranspeedGraduate in reply to PeggySusi

Thank you. 😊 So glad to be back out there. Happy running to you too.

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YogamazGraduate

So happy to read this and so glad that you are out there running again. I have just had COVID and have not been able to run so will be joining you back on the C25K trail again. Good luck on your journey and happy running 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

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GranspeedGraduate in reply to Yogamaz

COVID 😫. Hope it wasn’t too bad. Take it easy as you recover. We might see each other pottering along. 😊👍 I’ll be the slow one with the green shell! 🤣🤣

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YogamazGraduate in reply to Granspeed

It wasn't too bad as I was double vaxed but I have lost my sense of smell and just feel totally exhausted all the time!! Will have to start really slowly and see how I go. And no one is slower than me, I can get overtaken by walkers 😂😂

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GranspeedGraduate in reply to Yogamaz

Someday we’ll have a “Who runs slowest” competition. 🤣 I’ll wait until you feel better / I might lose right now, but just you wait! Seriously, take it easy and things should gradually improve. Any virus is frustrating in its aftermath. Glad to say I have no experience of this one, but I’m sure the general advice still holds. Take care.

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PeggySusiGraduate in reply to Granspeed

If you post that competition.. I’m in..😊

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PeggySusiGraduate in reply to Yogamaz

My dog was walking beside me yesterday as I “ran”.. she looked rather bemused..🤣

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GranspeedGraduate in reply to PeggySusi

😄

Wonderful to have you back out with us. There are quite a few of us redoing c25k at the moment, so we can keep each other virtual company 😊

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GranspeedGraduate in reply to grumpyoldgirl

So encouraging to know others from “my old gang” are also on the restart trail. Makes it seem possible as I trundle along. 🥰

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DoobreeGraduate in reply to Granspeed

I'm back redoing it all after an ankle iniury and 8 months off. Currently at week 7 run 1 but taking it slower this time and more rest days inbetween runs. We did it before, we can do it again. 👍🏽😀

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GranspeedGraduate in reply to Doobree

Correct! 👏🏼

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Dexy5Graduate

So glad to hear that you are getting some “you” time again Granspeed. It sounds like you are making good progress on c25k. Are you back on the New Forest trails? We are currently at Dartmoor and walked round a great running area today but not sure whether we will be able to fit a run in, as well as hiking.

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GranspeedGraduate in reply to Dexy5

I love Dartmoor! I will endeavour to hide my jealousy, however, in favour of rejoicing that you & UTS are getting to enjoy it. And you picked an excellent weather week. 👏🏼 so far I am jogging round the field trails behind home - my total “free” time is only an hour. So no travel time. However, I will be ready when I see the chance to get out among the trees. 🌳🌳🐢🎄🌲. Tortoise gets lost in the trees? 🤣

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Dexy5Graduate in reply to Granspeed

That 1 hour will make all the difference to you though.The weather is superb. Here is a little postcard from Parke NT for you. Today we head uphill to Haytor Rocks and many tors on a circular route. I hope it’s not going to be the 10 tor challenge 😱

View from Parke
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GranspeedGraduate in reply to Dexy5

We stayed several times at The Rock Inn in Haytor. Can highly recommend their food if you have time! Enjoy the tors that bit extra for me too!💕

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Dexy5Graduate in reply to Granspeed

Yes we ate there last night - it is a lovely place. We will take you with us on the moor today. 🤗

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skysue16Graduate

That’s lovely that you are back hitting the trail 👍😀 Watch out for those tricky corn field ruts! Take care 😊

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GranspeedGraduate in reply to skysue16

Yes, extra care on the tracks! Last thing I need is a turned ankle…. 😄 Tortoise on crutches does not appeal as an image. Happy running to you.

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OldgirlrunsGraduate

Glad to hear you’re able to run a bit once more Granspeed! If there’s a competition for the slowest runner, may I join in - I’m pretty confident I could win hands down!

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GranspeedGraduate in reply to Oldgirlruns

😄 We are building up a nice little bunch of tortoise competitors here! Of course you are totally welcome. It will be a great - slow - party! 🎉🎉🐢🐢🐢🎉🎉

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UnfitNoMoreGraduate

Tortoise? They’re pretty quick you know… some days I can slipstream one now 🤣

Happy running… great job today.

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GranspeedGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

🤣🤣👍🐢

Oh so good to see you back running and snail 🐌 pace is the best

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GranspeedGraduate in reply to WillowandSola

Don’t know… I think I’ve seen reports of you clipping along from time to time. 🤔 But thanks for the welcome! It’s good to be back on the trail. 😊🐢

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WillowandSolaGraduate in reply to Granspeed

I sometimes surprise myself and sometimes Willow does a quick sprint but in our mid sixties a gentle plod along is good, I like a long gentle run every so often, and I’ve just discovered podcasts, fascinating and makes a change from music

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GranspeedGraduate in reply to WillowandSola

Yes, I like podcasts too, especially for longer runs where you can just settle into a rhythm and listen. The km go chugging by without much notice. By winter, without all the sights and smells of the fields to distract me, il should be back on longer runs and podcasts.

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WillowandSolaGraduate in reply to Granspeed

Sounds perfect, and this time of year is so good too, do you find blackberries in the hedgerows?

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GranspeedGraduate in reply to WillowandSola

I will if the mum & son I saw picking this morning left me some! 😄 Actually I think they’re just ripening so pickings should be ok on my walk days. Must remember to take a box… 🤔😊

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WillowandSolaGraduate in reply to Granspeed

Very nice

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RaisemeupGraduate

Always pleasing to know that as we get older we don't necessarily have to give up on exercise and being active, unless health issues arise of course. So good luck to you Granspeed as you progress through C25k, your legs will strengthen over time and you'll be collecting another badge - you also deserve one for caring for your OH, not always easy although rewarding in its own way.Best wishes ☺️

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GranspeedGraduate in reply to Raisemeup

Going to remind myself of all that good stuff over on Strength & Flex! 😊

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EggRunnerGraduate

What a wonderful inspiration you are Granspeed, hoping you can stay injury free x

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GranspeedGraduate in reply to EggRunner

Injuries 😫, but we will overcome! Trying not to go there, for sure. 🤣🤣

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